STONE ME! COME­BACK KINGS PUT MACC OUT

The Non-League Football Paper - - FA CUP 1ST ROUND - By Ruth Tun­nell

FOR the first time this sea­son, Maid­stone came from be­hind to win to dump Macc out of the Cup.

The first half was com­pletely lack­ing in in­ter­est apart from the fact that Mac­cles­field took the lead on 14 min­utes. Si­mon Wal­ton was left to try to deal with Malachi Napa but he was un­able to stop him squar­ing the ball into the mid­dle where Ben Stephens was on hand to smash the ball into the net from close range.

The half time team talk was ob­vi­ously in­stru­men­tal for the Stones and Harry Wheeler said: “There was a lit­tle bit of a phys­i­cal rough up in there and we needed to shake it up a bit. We needed to be more in­tense than we had been in the first half.”

Af­ter the dress­ing down at half-time, Maid­stone were level six min­utes af­ter the restart. Wal­ton was fouled deep in the Mac­cles­field half and a few yards in from the left hand touch­line. Most in the ground would have been ex­pect­ing Jack Powell to cross but he elected for a shot and he curled the ball in off the right post.

A header from Wal­ton then ap­peared to cross the line for Maid­stone al­though the goal wasn’t awarded but the Stones got the win­ner on 69 min­utes. El­liott Ro­main was nudged in the back in­side the box by Jamie Grimes and Blair Tur­gott man­aged to squeeze the penalty un­der Kieran O’Hara, who had dived the right way.

Joint care­taker man­ager Neil Howarth was de­spair­ing of his side af­ter the game say­ing: “There was only one team who wanted to win the game more in the sec­ond half. We haven’t been in a po­si­tion yet this sea­son where we have looked con­fi­dent about see­ing a game out.”

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